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Jerry Dystrophy

“There is no gap between comedy and tragedy.” – Jerry Lewis


At age 82 Jerry Lewis (Comic and Honorary Ambassador of Peace for the Harvey Ball Foundation) is still making headlines. After being detained at the Las Vegas McCarran Airport for concealing a .22 calibre handgun without a permit one wonders “Why?” Who is after you Jerry? Could it be the Gays for your “faggot” slip on live television? The Cripples who you tell to stay home? Rupert Pupkin? Or Women who believe there is more to life than babies and the kitchen?

Jerry Lewis cited for gun in luggage.


While Jerry has served as National Chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) since 1952, after hosting 41 years of Labor Day telethons and a collected $2 billion dollars he still never fails to shock us with his offensive, politically incorrect comments.



Parade Magazine, September 2, 1990

“I’d like to play basketball like normal, healthy, vital, and energetic people. I really don’t want the substitute. I just can’t half-do anything — either it’s all the way, or forget it. That’s a rough way to think in my position. When I sit back and think a little more rationally, I realize my life is half, so I must learn to do things halfway. I just have to learn to try to be good at being a half a person…and get on with my life. I may be a full human being in my heart and soul, yet I am still half a person, and I know I’ll do well if I keep my priorities in order.”

“If I Had Muscular Dystrophy” First Person Essay

Vanity Fair, September 1993

“I’ve raised one billion three hundred million dollars. These 19 people don’t want me to do that. They want me to stop now? Fuck them. Do it in caps. FUCK THEM.”

MDA Telethon 1991

If a person is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis “You might as well put a gun in your mouth.”

MDA Telethon 1992

“My kids cannot go into the workplace. There’s nothing they can do. They’ve been attacked by a vicious killer. I’m begging for their survival.”

U.S. Comedy Arts Festival 2000

“I don’t like any female comedians. A woman doing comedy doesn’t offend me, but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world.”

CBS News 2001

“Pity? If you don’t want to be pitied because you’re a cripple in a wheelchair stay in your house.”

MDA Telethon 2007

“Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate faggot no…”


Yet after all is said and done, Lewis’ bi-polar turrets may give him a bad rep, but in the end he will always have his Legion d’honneur and the admiration from the auteur theorists, thus regarded as  the “French people’s favorite clown” and The King of Comedy – always keeping it fresh.


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